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Ashtanga Retreats

Winter Ashtanga retreat with Laruga Glaser
January 29th to February 5th, 2023


Laruga Glaser has been practicing Ashtanga yoga continuously for over 25 years. Starting at the beginning of her 20s, she was immediately drawn to the practice after working with other forms of yoga years prior. After establishing a committed practice she then deepened her studies traveling to Mysore, India annually to practice at KPJAYI where the late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois taught and now his grandson, R. Sharath Jois teaches. Laruga has made more than 14 trips to Mysore and is on a mission to continue to learn and grow as a student as well as a teacher. She is one of the few in the world who have been given the distinction of being certified to teach up to Advanced B, which is not easily given and takes many years to earn. Through it all, Laruga teaches as an act of deep sharing and love for what yoga develops in each individual, facilitating space to open, challenge, and inspire those to realize their inherent potential, and has been personally invited all over the world to do so.

Traveling to Pontresina

By Car:

You can easily reach the Engadine by car from any part of Switzerland or from Italy, Germany or Austria:

Zurich – Pontresina: 200 km, 3 hours

Milan – Pontresina: 175 KM, 3 hours

Munich – Pontrasina: 300 KM, 4 hours

Basel – Pontresina: 250km, 4 hours

In case of snowdrifts, crossing the passes is only permitted with snow chains or in 4Xç cars. Please check the road conditions map for the passes. 

By Train: 

Reaching Pontresina is very easy by train. If you land in Zurich airport you have the train station within the airport. It’s approximately 3h40 depending on the connections and 

the journey with the Rhaetian Railway (RhB) from Chur is one of the most scenic and interesting  train routes in Europe with it’s tunnels and dizzying viaducts. In 2008 the Rhaetian Railway Albula and Bernina lines became UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Online timetable at:


By Airplane:

The closest international airport is Zurich.  

Basel airport is much smaller, but can be of interest depending from where you arrive (please note that there isn’t a train station within the airport in Basel).

The Upper Engadin – where winter dreams come true: 

“I feel better here than anywhere else on earth,” the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche said about the Engadin. 

Majestic mountains, glittering lakes and that special quality of light combine to create a truly magical composition in the Engadin.

The largest winter sports region in Switzerland enchants as a landscape and as a myth. Because it combines harmonious nature, tradition and lifestyle. In the wide, sun-drenched high valley, the white splendor can be experienced in a variety of ways.

Pontresina is situated in a wind-sheltered valley at 1805 meters above sea level and a mere 10 minutes drive from well known St-Moritz. The village of Pontresina is very close to the Bernina Massif with the two most famous peaks of the Engadine : Piz Palü and Piz Bernina.


Where you will stay - an icon among top Swiss hotels 

She is called the Grand Dame of Engadine and her historic architecture that has her listed as historical monument, dates from 1848. This unique mix of the magic of times long past, modern comfort and the beautiful natural world around is what makes the Grand Hotel Kronenhof so special and unique. This unique location in the heart of the Swiss Alps and the finest spa facilities with over 2000 square meters with majestic views over the glaciers of the Bernina, are what makes this beautiful lady one of the world’s top luxury and wellness hotel.



Standard double room single occupancy: 

Early bird (booking until November 10th ) 4790.- CHF per person

Normal rate as of November 11th – 4950.- CHF per person

Standard double room double occupancy : 

Early bird (booking until November 10th ) 3980.- CHF per person

Normal rates as of November 11th 4180.-  per person


Please note that if you want to come with a non-yogi partner you are very welcome to do so. The price for the non-yogi companion would be of 2500.- CHF in double occupancy.


All prices are in Swiss Francs per person and include:

  •  7 nights and 8 days in a classic double room in one of the top luxury hotels in the world 

  • 7 morning practices and 3 to 4 afternoon workshops with Laruga Glaser 

  • Daily brunch and evening dinner 

  • Free access to the 2000m2 wellness facilities and to the fitness center

  • Free access to the hotel’s natural ice rink with stunning mountain view

  • Free shuttle service to and from Pontresina train station with hotel’s limousine

  • In case of nice weather, an excursion with the funicular railway up to Muottas Muragl, the probably most beautiful vantage point above the lakes of Upper Engadin. 

  • For non yogi companion everything above is also included except the yoga classes 


What isn’t included: 

  • Transfers to an from Pontresina 

  • Alcoholic drinks

  • Spa treatments

  • Yoga mats and any other equipment you might need for your practice (please take your own yoga mat)


The winter bucket list – what you can do in the region:

  • The Upper Engadin is the largest winter sport region in Switzerland, where of course skiing is the queen activity. Please note that if you or your non yogi partner take a full week ski pass you will have the hotel special rate of 45.- CHF per day instead of the normal rate at the ski station, which can vary between 80 CHf and 100.-CHF a day in the Engadin resort .

  • Cross-country skiing on the frozen lakes or anywhere else on the 240 kms of top quality trails of the valley.

  • Winter walks on the frozen lakes or in the beautiful forests around

  • Snowshoeing in pristine winter landscapes

  • Having an afternoon tea at Hanselmann, the most famous coffee house in St- Moritz.

  • And many more… you can find more information on


Booking conditions for this retreat

To book your spot for this unique retreat, Sukha Retreats asks for a Chf. 1200.-  deposit.

  • The full payment is due on January 5th 2023 at the latest. After this date we cannot guarantee your spot anymore.

  • If cancellation happens before December 10th the retreat start date, then the full retreat minus the deposit will be refunded

  • If cancellation happens between December 10th and 31st, 60% of your retreat will be charged

  • If cancellation happens between January 1st and the start of the retreat, 100% of your retreat will be charged

For Bookings please contact us per email

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